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Student Placements

Southampton Business School Placements Office

Established in 2014, the Placements Office is a service available to students and businesses within Southampton Business School. Our focus is on driving collaboration between students and organisations large and small. We offer dedicated support to employers who wish to connect with our students by facilitating a variety of opportunities to suit your business.

Prospective Students

Every undergraduate course at Southampton Business School gives you the option of taking a year-long placement as part of your degree. This is a valuable opportunity to apply your learning to ‘real world’ situations and develop transferable skills useful for your future career.

By experiencing the pace and culture of industrial practice you'll gain a deeper understanding of the connection between your studies and business, which will help you to shape your future plans.

Our placements team builds connections with employers and provides dedicated support to students. This support, combined with the opportunities offered by the University’s extensive central Careers and Employability Service and the wider CEPAR team, will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed in today’s competitive job market.

From the start of your course, the Placements Office delivers a comprehensive programme of placement preparation to ensure you are ready for success. This programme has been created with input from top employers including Deloitte, BDO, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Some of our students choose to work in large multinationals, while others opt for a year in small-to-medium sized organisations.


Hear About Our Service From Our Students

Supported by the Placements Office, our students have recently secured roles with:

The Walt Disney Company Lactalis UK & Ireland Deloitte
L’Oréal SAP BMW Group
IBM Hewlett Packard Enterprise Travelport
Rainbow Designs MatchesFashion 2 Circles Communications
Oracle AXA Investment Managers And many more!


As part of our commitment to provide a challenging and engaging learning experience for our students, we are expanding our programme of work placements. A placement entails students working in your organisation for 8-1210-14 months as an integral part of their degree programme.

Establishing links with the University of Southampton Business School and providing placements to our students offers substantial value to your organisation. Your business will immediately be recognised by a large and diverse body of students seeking employment and success in the years to come. Placements can offer you the opportunity to develop your own aspiring managers, who may take on the supervision and development of a student.

Our challenging environment of academic excellence and active research creates bright, ambitious, and resilient students. Highly prepared and with a questioning mind, our students can offer your business the opportunity to undertake projects which might otherwise go unexploited. Supported by academics at the University, they can introduce new ways of thinking to help your organisation further your competitive edge.

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Placements Office

Our Placements Office brings together employers and students, creating opportunities for students to gain valuable industrial experience and introducing employers to an enthusiastic, intelligent, and flexible workforce.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about taking a placement year as part of your undergraduate degree, or hosting one of our students at your organisation, please get in contact with the Placements Office if you have any further questions via

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